The Vía de La Plata

Sevilla - Guillena

22’5 km Difficulty
The Vía de la Plata or Southern Way starts in Seville. Before you leave for the Camino, you ought to take a stroll around the most interesting tourist attractions in the city: its Gothic Cathedral of Santa María, the beautiful tower of La Giralda, and the Alcázar, a set of palaces in different artistic styles with one of the most remarkable gardens in Spain. A visit to the Torre del Oro and the Plaza de España, with its representation of all Spanish provinces, is also recommended.

The Vía de la Plata leaves from the Cathedral to the square Puerta de Triana and crosses the River Guadalquivir. Do not take the detour towards Camas, just continue to the right on the riverside for about a mile. You must pay attention to signs leading you to Santiponce. There, you can see the ruins of the old Roman city of Italica, after completing 7 kilometres of the Camino.

The Avenida Extremadura leads you straight to Guillena. You can cross a stream, the Galapagar, or bypass it through a parallel path leading to this village. Here you can see the Mudéjar church of Virgen de Granada, built in the 15th century. In Guillena, you can visit its interesting town hall and check some of its walkways (Las Panajosas, El Gergal...).


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 Diego Márquez, Correos of Sevilla. "In Seville, once you leave the Cathedral, you cross the River Guadalquivir through the Puente de Triana to the neighbourhood of the same name. This is the oldest iron bridge in Spain. Before that, there used to be the so-called Puente de Barcas - a pontoon bridge made up of wooden planks on thirteen boats moored across the Guadalquivir. The views over the river, the Calle Betis on the one side, and the skyline of Seville with the Giralda in the background on the other are just breath-taking. I would suggest a walk at dusk. The colours are incredible. When you cross the river, you will see a small but neat Chapel of the Virgen del Carmen, the patron saint of seafarers, to your right. It was designed by the same architect as the Plaza de España, Aníbal González. After that, you will reach the renowned Mercado de Abastos. The ground floor tells a part of Triana’s history. Already the Visigoths built a fortress on this site to defend the city. It is the Castillo de San Jorge. When Ferdinand III of Castile took the city in 1248, the castle was used by the Military Order of Saint George, patron of knights and soldiers. Maybe the most infamous aspect of this space on the old pier is that the Castillo was the headquarters of the Spanish Inquisition and the image of this institution in Europe since 1481. The Paseo de la O runs parallel to the riverbank to Seville’s city limits”. Diego Márquez, Correos of Sevilla. 
Ana Mª Arroniz, Correos of Guillena, with Verónica Correas, from the municipality.
 
“During your stay in Guillena, you can enjoy the Tourist Centre (Centro de Interpretación Turística) where you can find an audiovisual project on the Camino. A pilgrim narrates his experience doing the Camino 40 years ago with his father, and how it is now. This building used to be a castle during Moorish times, and there is also an audiovisual exhibition about this period. From the terrace, you can see the whole town”. Ana Mª Arroniz, Correos of Guillena, with Verónica Correas, from the municipality.

 

 

We transfer your rucksack

So that you can travel light along the Camino de Santiago

 

We transfer your rucksack or suitcase from your accommodation at one stage to the next!! This way, your walk is more comfortable, your bag is lighter and you can enjoy every step of the Camino. We will take your luggage every day to your next hostel or hotel.

 

Bicycle transportation services 

We send your bicycle to your starting or finishing point

 

Decide where you want to start the Camino and we will send your bicycle there from any branch of Correos. Once you finish the Camino de Santiago you can go to the nearest post office and send it back home again. Your bicycle will be insured and we package your bike without disassembling it.

 

Luggage transfer

For everything you want in or out of your rucksack 

 

With our Paq Peregrino you can send suitcases or parcels to any point along the Camino (hostels, hotels, branches of Correos, etc) so that you have your personal belongings when you arrive. You can therefore have extra clothes or other items and not only the ones you carry along the Way. You can also send back whatever you have in your daily rucksack that you no longer need.

 

Prepaid Card

So that you have nothing to worry about other than just enjoying the Camino 

 

Correos offers a prepaid card that is not linked to a bank account. In this way, you can defort walk the Camino without taking your credit or debit cards with you. You only have to put the money on the card that you are going to need and then top up again if your balance is low. This is a simple, safe and comfortable way of taking your money along the Camino.

 

 

Stamping Your Credential

So that you have the best stamps on your Pilgrim's Passport 

Branches of Correos along the Camino de Santiago stamp your Credential or Pilgrim's Passport with our special stamps. Many of these stamps represent important tourist attractions from that particular place to help you remember your jorney.

 

 

Sending parcels along the Camino de Santiago 
 

Send your parcels without having to go along to a branch of Correos!

 

You can send a parcel from any of the over one-hundred branches of CORREOS located along the Camino de Santiago and additionally from some of our “Tiendas Amigas del Camino”, a network of shops and accommodation from where you can send parcels any time of the day. This service will help you to get rid of things from your luggage that you no longer need. You can also buy souvenirs or some typical products without having to worry about carrying them with you. 
 

 

 

Lockers in Santiago

So that you can freely visit the Cathedral or enjoy the city

Our Pilgrim's Office at Rúa do Franco, 150 metres from the Plaza del Obradoiro, has lockers. You can leave your rucksack, suitcase, bike or trekking pole before you go into the Cathedral or you can wander around Santiago without having to worry about your luggage.

 

Correos Branches

To help you with anything you may need 

 

We have over 150 branches of Correos along all the Caminos. We will be delighted to welcome you and help you with anything you need.